Seniors can learn all about tech at IT festival

Older Singaporeans who want to learn how to make better use of their smartphones, be proficient with social media or learn to play games to keep their reflexes sharp can get lessons and tips during the Silver IT Fest this weekend.

The roadshow, which is on tomorrow and Sunday at the Lifelong Learning Institute, will feature tech seminars, exhibition booths and a new smartphone clinic.

Seniors can join 45-minute seminars on smartphone use, such as how to use helpful apps such as MyTransport, Health Buddy and Police@SG. Two speakers from Singapore Press Holdings will guide seniors on how to download and use newspaper apps, such as the digital versions of The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao.

The event, now in its 11th year, is organised by the Infocomm Media Development Authority and aims to promote digital literacy among people aged 50 and above.

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Exhibitors like tech brands Apple and Huawei, government agencies and schools will showcase new technologies and offer tips on data protection, using social media and online security.

Seniors can also sign up for IT classes held by voluntary welfare organisations, People's Association grassroots organisations, Caritas Singapore and RSVP Singapore.

They cover basic skills such as how to operate a Windows computer, use cloud storage services, and get started with digital banking and e-banking apps.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2017, with the headline 'Seniors can learn all about tech at IT festival'. Print Edition | Subscribe